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DOME OPERATORS TO ASK PLAN FOR PAYMENT OF BACK RENT

The attorney for the operators of the golf dome in Hyde Park said Friday he will be in City Hall Monday to negotiate a payment plan for the facility's rent.

No rent has been paid during the 10 months the deal has been in force.

Paul G. Cleary said, "We are in the process of talking to the appropriate city officials about the problem. . . . The city will not lose one thin dime."

Cleary would not disclose details of the proposal he will make. He said he anticipates conferring with Mayor James C. Galie, City Administrator Anthony J. Restaino, and Acting Corporation Counsel Timothy G. Bax.

Cataract Sports and Entertainment Group Inc. is under a 20-year contract to pay the city $3,508.33 per month to lease the city-owned indoor golf facility in Hyde Park. It was built by Cataract Sports, and Adelphia Communications Corp. bought the naming rights.

Cleary said the golf dome hasn't done as well as hoped so far, and he blamed a late start to construction last year and opening this year for "serious shortfalls in revenue."

Construction started in July 1998, two months behind schedule. Cleary blamed "the inordinate delay in removing the old sledding hill," which formerly occupied the site. Then, he said, the manufacturer of the "bubble" dome was two months late in delivering.

The dome opened Jan. 15, and the accompanying outdoor driving range isn't open yet. Cleary said it should be completed next week.

Cleary said the facility lost money at the outset, "as all new businesses do." He wouldn't say if the golf dome is profitable yet, but said, "I think (the investors) are happy with how it's evolved."

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